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INTERNATIONAL STUDENT CENTER - STUDY ABROAD

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT CENTER - STUDY ABROAD

Programs
for Study Abroad

Choosing a Program

One of the most important decisions you will make concerning study abroad is selecting the program in which you participate. It can be a bewildering process because there are so many destinations and institutions to choose between.

There is no one right path to follow in making a program selection. You should examine those factors that are significant to you, including your personal needs, priorities and goals.

Most importantly, can you explain why you have decided to study abroad? Your reasoning for going abroad will impact how you proceed. 

Try to identify programs that are:

  • Academically relevant
  • Professionally applicable
  • Financiall feasible

There may be multiple programs that match most of your needs and interests.


group of international students being crazyHelp in choosing a program

  • Academic fit
    Does this program satisfy requirements and let you stay on track to graduation?
  • Comparing costs
    Find out how to compare program costs, including destinaion, length of stay, and more.
  • Long- vs. short term programs
    A longer program (semester or academic year) may be proportionally cheaper than a short program, when all costs are considered. How will program duration impact your academic goals?
  • Setting goals
    Find tips to help you reflect on your study abroad goals and write a goals statement to clarify your purpose.

 


Factors to consider

Program destination

  • Consider destinations that spark your interest for geographic, historical, or social reasons
  • Consider programs within your normal financial means
  • Many destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe, may be less expensive than living in San Diego

Program types

Review the range of program types including SDSU Exchange, CSUIP, ISEP, Faculty-led, Approved independent, internships, and service learning. Explore differences between programs, eligibility, credits, and deadlines. 


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